Jan 14, 2013 11:00pm PST
investigative journalism >> reporter: in the post 9/11 world i vitally important that americans are educated about what's happening overseas. that's what makes reporters like cnn's indispensable. a navy seal reservist has tracked pirates off the coast of indonesia, crawled through drug tunnels in mexico and journeyed to wherever the [bleep] this is >> if you want to know what's going on in the world, you actually have to get out into the world. you can't do it from behind a desk. >> reporter: what have you got coming up next? >> west africa. you have an entire government that's effectively being run by drug cartels from south america >> reporter: you can look forward to that story airing on cnn very soon. >> i'm not working at cnn anymore. cnn eliminated its entire investigative unit >> reporter: what? they've eliminated the department that i was working for where i was doing those international investigative reports >> reporter: cnn, the worldwide leader in news, has eliminated its investigative news department? >> yes. reporter: i'm just letting that sink in a second. it's taking a while.